Playing against some of the best players Europe will only benefit Martin as she enters her senior year with the Shamokin Indians after the tournament concludes.
"It's going to help me a lot seeing playing time and playing with really good athletes," Martin said. "I've been putting a lot of work in this past year, but I'm still kind of nervous."
Shamokin allowed 44 goals through 18 games this past season. For Martin, being a goalie is a position she's somewhat come to love over the years since she started playing when she was just eight.
"I was an attacker at first and no one on our (AYSO) team wanted to play goalie, so (coach Bob Cchecci) asked me to try and ever since then, I've liked doing it," Martin said.
The San Marino Cup does not pay for travel expenses to get to Italy and according to Martin, the trip will cost approximately $4,000. Luckily for Martin, it seems the community in Shamokin has come together to try to help her family reach that goal to be able to partake in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
The family also is hoping to get a stand set up during the Shamokin Christmas parade to help raise funds as well.
Any individuals or businesses that would like to donate money to the Martin family to help with expenses is encouraged to contact Martin's father, Curt, at 570-205-1653.